NFL Preseason Betting Picks: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins will be looking to rebound from a 6-10 campaign a year ago, but they’ll have starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill back on the field after losing him in training camp a year ago. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will also be looking to rebound after unfurling an underwhelming 5-11 record last season that was mired in a lot of dysfunction. Ironically, both teams fell apart a year ago after posting winning records in 2016.
Now with both Florida-based franchises looking to improve in 2018, let’s find out which one is offering the best betting value in their Week 1 NFL preseason matchup when it goes down live in the Sunshine State on Thursday.
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🏈: NFL Preseason – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Miami Dolphins
🏟️: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
⏰: Thu. Aug 9, 2018 7:00 PM
🎰: Miami Dolphins -1½ -110 | -125 | U 34 -110
Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the regular season as part of his league-mandated suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. When he does see the field, he’ll need to step it up in a big way after going 3-10 as a starter last season. More importantly, head coach Dirk Koetter will need to prove his worth after basically looking like he lost control of his team a year ago. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely see a little bit of action as the starter in this contest before giving way to Ryan Griffin and backup, Austin Allen. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, Koetter has already gone on record to say that neither quarterback has a chance to unseat Fitzpatrick as the opening day starter. Tampa Bay finished 18th in scoring (20.9 ppg) and a discouraging 24th in points allowed (23.9 ppg). The Bucs are 3-5 in eight preseason games under Koetter.
I have no idea why Miami decided to add mediocre veteran Jay Cutler last season, but the decision blew up in their faces with the Dolphins finishing the 2017 season ranked an awful 28th in scoring (17.6 ppg) and even more disturbing 29th in points allowed (24.6 ppg). Now, with Tannehill back in the fold, Miami is expecting better things in 2018, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen to see as how they foolishly parted ways with both, Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi and Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Yes, the Dolphins brought in veteran wideout Danny Amendola and running back Frank Gore in free agency, but both players are clearly well past their respective primes. Now, Miami is going with completely pitiful signal-caller Brock Osweiler to be the backup to Tannehill with the unassuming David Fales and underachieving Bryce Petty battling it out for the third-string job.
I’m going to get right to the point by saying that, if you watch this game too long, you could very well go blind….that’s how awful the football in this one should be. This game will come down to who plays better between Ryan Griffin and David Fales and Austin Allen and Bryce Petty. Having said that, I believe the best pick for this matchup is to take the under 34.5 total points. A handful of atrocious quarterbacks will take the field in this one and that means the under is a good pick – unless they all start throwing pick-six touchdown passes – for their opponent.
Pick: Under 34 Total Points
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